So, you want to get married in the Church of England? Congratulations….
We wish you well as you plan for your married life.
A wedding ceremony marks the start of a marriage. All weddings, wherever they take
place, are significant. They all mark a public witness to the love that two people
have for each other and a church wedding makes certain themes clearer.
The fact that the promises are made within a supportive community provides a setting
in which the marriage can be supported and sustained.
The Church building witnesses to the significance of love as the very reason for
existence. The concept of covenant between the couple reflects the relationship between
God and the world. The idea of the 'sacrament of marriage' reflects the miracle of
what God is doing in human lives as you both make the promises together in the Church.
Most people in the UK can be married by banns in their local church, but different
rules apply to foreign nationals without the right of abode. However, it is recommended
that all non-UK passport holders are married by Common Licence.
It is now also possible to be married in a church other than your parish church if
one or both of the couple has a 'qualifying connection' with another church. Please
contact us to seek arrangements to be married in either of our churches.
Information and advice about all aspects of getting married in the Church of England
can be found on the official Church of England website: www.yourchurchwedding.org